I am constantly trying to recall sayings and phrases used by my Southern family and friends. Sometimes I come across ones I haven’t heard before but are still delightful nonetheless. Such is the case with today’s Southern expression.
I first heard this phrase used by Paula Deen the Queen of Southern Cuisine. It gave me a good belly laugh and who doesn’t like one of those now and then? So without further delay, today’s Southern speak is….
“Butter my butt and call me a biscuit!”
The point of this expression is to convey something totally unexpected and surprising (example: “Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit, Bubba found himself a girlfriend!”). A similar expression I heard growing up was “Shut my mouth” meaning you are so surprised there is simply nothing to say (and for a Southerner to have nothing to say it really has to be one hell of a surprise)!
In addition to the two surprise phrases above, here are a few other colorful ones I found and you are free to use at will. Now, I don’t know if these are Southern but they are funny so it’s all good:
Color me green and call me a cucumber.
Slap me with bread and call me a sandwich.
Pin my tail and call me a donkey.
Fry me in butter and call me a catfish.
I hope by now you’re laughing and if not I know you want to. Go ahead, laugh. All these expressions make me giggle and I have grown especially fond of Butter my butt and call me a biscuit because I just don’t know what phrase could be more Southern!